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Midnight Mission To Serve Hundreds Of Christmas Meals To Those In Need

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row was serving hundreds of Christmas Day meals to those in need Friday.

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Hundreds of homeless and those in need stand in line for prepackaged lunches and toiletries during the Midnight Mission"u2019s Banquet of Hope Event in Los Angeles on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

While it would not be putting on its traditional in-person Christmas Day event because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Mission would be serving three take-out meals Friday. It would also be handing out 500 hygiene backpacks.

The Midnight Mission also served takeout meals on Thanksgiving as well, but due to coronavirus precautions, things had to look a little different.

Despite the changes, the meal giveaways still went on and an estimated 400 homeless people were fed.

The event began around 12:15 p.m. for families who came to the food giveaway.

Those looking to donate to the Midnight Mission can click here.

The homeless crisis in Los Angeles and California as a whole has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. A report earlier this month found that California has the third-largest homeless population in the nation.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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